Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh – USA, 1995

‘Evil comes when you call his name’

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is a 1995 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 and 2; Gods and Monsters; Sister, Sister) from a screenplay by Rand Ravich and Mark Kruger.

The movie is a sequel to the 1992 horror classic Candyman, an adaptation of the Clive Barker short story “The Forbidden”. The Propaganda Films production stars Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O’Leary, Bill Nunn, Matt Clark and Veronica Cartwright.

Plot:

The father of New Orleans schoolteacher Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan) was murdered in a Candyman-like fashion some years prior.

When Professor Philip Purcell is murdered in a bathroom by Candyman after presenting the legend at a book signing and calling him forth, Annie’s brother is accused of the murder (since his furious public confrontation of Purcell over the subject) and one of her students starts to see the Candyman.

In order to disprove to herself that the Candyman exists, she says his name five times in front of a mirror, summoning him to New Orleans on the eve of Mardi Gras, where the killings begin in earnest…

Reviews:

“The deliberate pacing of the first movie is tossed out the window this second time around for a whole lot of jump scares and unnecessary (and sometimes remarkably ineffective) red herrings, and that’s a shame, but despite this Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is entertaining enough if more often than not fairly superficial. ” Ian Jane, DVD Talk

“With lots of pointless (get it?) gore-strewn impaling capped by an unaffecting climax/flashback to Candyman’s tragic demise, everything feels a little thin this time around. Philip Glass’ haunting musical themes make a welcome return to the fold, but it’s hard to get too worked up about what amounts to a repeat performance. ” Aaron Christensen, Horror 101 with Dr. AC

“Director Bill Condon has a sense of style but a heavy hand with actors–you can all but hear them telling themselves to hit their marks and punch out their lines. Still, Rowan is game, Todd again a figure of sinister dignity–this time the Candyman is allowed more pathos–and veteran Matt Clark shines in supporting role as a dabbler in the occult.” Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

” …it is constantly trying to create mood and atmosphere but does so at the expense of basic plausibility. Director Bill Condon throws in false shock jumps at every conceivable opportunity – birds landing, derelicts jumping out at the heroine, Mardi Gras dancers slamming against the window, people unexpectedly touching others on the shoulder or entering the room reflected in a mirror.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“Anyone noteworthy simply isn’t around long enough to make much of an impact, which allows Candyman 2 to follow the recipe of the slasher follow-up: a sprinkle of added mythology, a lot of familiarity, even more bloodshed, and a tease for another sequel. To this end, it’s a decent success, especially with Condon on board to infuse the proceedings with some style…” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!

“The script is constructed too much like a novel, which slows the pace of the early, establishing sections. Director Bill Condon works too hard to tie all the plot strands into a neat bow. So, for much of the picture, the audience is way ahead of the screen characters in guessing what comes next.” Leonard Klardy, Variety

“Todd is still menacing and scary, the grue doesn’t hold much back, and New Orleans always makes for an appealing filmic backdrop. Rowan’s role is limited by its through-the-motions writing, and she doesn’t seem that traumatised by the pretty f*cking gory murder of her husband right in front of her.” Vegan Voorhees

“This flick is just a straight up mess.  Like the Freddy and Michael Myers sequels, this installment gives way too much background on the Candyman and ruins the mystique of the character.  All it does if further jumble up an already incoherent plot line.  The worst part of the movie though is the constant false scares.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Choice dialogue:

Octavia Tarrant: “He’ll make a great father. Of course, I’ll be fuel for the worms by then.”

The Candyman: “Come with me and sing my song of misery.”

Cast and characters:

  • Tony Todd … The Candyman / Daniel Robitaille
  • Kelly Rowan … Annie Tarrant
  • Bill Nunn … Reverend Ellis
  • William O’Leary … Ethan Tarrant
  • Veronica Cartwright … Octavia Tarrant
  • Matt Clark … Honore Thibideaux
  • Randy Oglesby … Heyward Sullivan
  • Joshua Gibran Mayweather … Matthew Ellis
  • David Gianopoulos … Detective Ray Levesque
  • Timothy Carhart … Paul McKeever
  • Michael Bergeron … Coleman Tarrant
  • Fay Hauser … Pam Carver
  • Caroline Barclay … Caroline Sullivan
  • Clotiel Bordeltier … Liz
  • Michael Culkin … Phillip Purcell
  • George Lemore … Drew
  • Ralph Joseph … Mr. Jeffries
  • Margaret Howell … Clara

Technical credits:

93 minutes | 1.85: 1 | Dolby SR

Filming locations:

Principal filming from 16 August 1994 to 19 October 1994 in Los Angeles and New Orleans

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Amusement Park Horror Flick HELL FEST Hits VOD in December & Blu-ray/DVD January

With all the excitement over the release of David Gordon Green’s Halloween last summer, the amusement park-themed horror flick Hell Fest sort of feel between the cracks, dropping off of most genre fans radars before it even hit theaters. Still, those who saw the film were almost universally surprised, pleasantly so, but the overall caliber of the film, both in terms of storytelling and production.

If you missed Hell Fest in theaters, you’ll be able to stream it on various VOD platforms beginning December 28th with a physical Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra release to follow on January 8th. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Synopsis:
A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

Hell Fest is directed by Gregory Plotkin and stars Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, and horror icon Tony Todd (Candyman)

Did you see Hell Fest in theaters? Are you excited when it hits VOD and Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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End the Year With a Trip to ‘Hell Fest’ On Home Video

The criminally underrated Hell Fest will be opening to the public on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate, Bloody Disgusting learned.

In the film:

A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?

From Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” executive producer Tucker Tooley (Limitless, Den of Thieves), and directed by Gregory Plotkin (editor of Get Out, Happy Death Day, and director of  Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), Hell Fest stars Amy Forsyth (TV’s “The Path,” “Rise,” “Defiance”), Reign Edwards (TV’s “Snowfall,” “MacGyver,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Bex Taylor-Klaus (TV’s “Scream: The TV Series,” “Arrow,” The Last Witch Hunter), and the legendary Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead, The Crow).

Story by William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco, Screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

Dead of the Nite – UK, 2013

‘Death follows those who seek it’

Dead of the Nite is a 2013 British horror feature film written, edited and directed by S.J. Evans. The movie stars Tony Todd, Joseph Millson, Cicely Tennant, and Gary Mavers.

Plot:

“When a group of ghost hunters investigate the infamous Jericho Manor, they soon realise it’s not just ghosts that go bump in the night! As people get murdered, the survivors need to discover who or what’s killing them before it’s too late….”

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

” …its experiment of dabbling in multiple formats never fully succeeds in creating an enveloping experience.  The whodunit mystery is so-so and the final third lingers nearly to a standstill while the momentum does the same.  With respectable acting and respectable value for the budget, “Dead of the Nite” is above average, but unremarkable.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …a mundane piece […] The eventual revelation of the killer’s identity comes with a reasonable surprise […] Todd is clearly playing into his latter day role as horror icon and hams it up, giving the part the full force of his mellifluous basso voice.” Richard Scheib, Moria

” …a tight story with decent cameo and cheesy acting does not a film make overall. Dead of the Nite is flat out boring and uneventful – even the death scenes are pretty bland. There are some things done right with this hooded/masked figure, but ultimately I’m not impressed.” The Other View

” …with a £20,000 budget it was really well shot, with great use of sound especially in regard to the whispers and understated noises that came from the house. The cast are all solid in their roles and although Tony Todd has only a cameo, he does tend to give the film a certain authority…” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

” …the film is creepy in all the right spots, features plenty of shocks, tension and suspense scenes, and keeps the audience guessing about the goings-on until the very end, when the killer isn’t pulled out of a hat though but presented with a proper motive and all. Plus, the movie’s very nicely acted by all involved.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“Whilst there aren’t any true gore scenes and the mystery is easy to figure out, Dead of the Nite has enough in its briefcase to at least deliver the odd moment that is worthy of praise. I wasn’t expecting much, but I enjoyed the few jolts and the attempt to make the stalking sequences as scary as possible.” Luisito Joaquin Gonzalez, A Slash Above… 

Cast and characters:

  • Tony Todd … Ruber
  • Joseph Millson … Detective Anderson
  • Cicely Tennant … Amanda
  • Gary Mavers … Detective Jenkins
  • Claudio Pacifico … Killer
  • Paul Fox … Paul
  • Simon Bamford … Gary
  • Suzi Lorraine … Crystal
  • Simone Kaye … Anne-Marie
  • Stuart Boother … Jason
  • Rachel Littlemac … Sheila
  • Anna Carteret … Mrs. Matthews
  • Sousila Pillay … Newsreader
  • Johnathon Farrell … Police Officer

Filming locations:

Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
Craig-y-Nos Castle, Pen-y-cae, Powys, Wales
Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon, London, England, UK

Budget:

£20,000 – estimated

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This ‘Death House’ Clip is Extraordinarily Gruesome [Exclusive]

Bloody Disgusting has an awesomely gruesome and Hellraiser-esque clip from Harrison Smith’s horror icon-loaded Death House, arriving on VOD outlets via Cleopatra Entertainment November 6. The film will also arrive on DVD December 11, with pre-orders open now.

Death House, written by Smith and the late Gunnar Hansen, stars a long list of legends including Kane HodderBarbara Crampton, Dee Wallace, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Felissa Rose and Sid Haig.

In the film…

Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.

Check out the clip below.

Massive tome of Fantastic Tales authored by elite horror authors – heading your way October 26th

There are unbelievable things that happen in this world and others. Things that push the boundaries of reality, that touch on the supernatural. These are the tales of those fantastic and horrifying things.

fantastic tales of terror

Come discover the lost supernatural stories behind some of the most famous people and events in history. Explore the secret history that has been hidden in the shadows of the world, and even alternative histories from other worlds: a young man seeking the secret of immortality from none other than Bela Lugosi, the tragic story of how the Titanic really sank, the horrifying lengths the people of New York city would explore to rise above the Great Depression, and many more Fantastic Tales of Terror.

Edited by Eugene Johnson. Artwork by Luke Spooner. With an introduction by horror icon Tony Todd (CandymanNight of The Living Dead).


Lineup:

  • Introduction by Tony Todd
  • “The Deep Delight of Blood” by Tim Waggoner
  • “Unpretty Monster” by Mercedes Yardley
  • “The Tell-Tale Mind” by Kevin J. Anderson
  • “Topsy-Turvy” by Elizabeth Massie
  • “Ray and the Martian” by Bev Vincent
  • “The Girl with the Death Mask” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • “On a Train Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
  • “The Custer Files” by Richard Chizmar
  • “Red Moon” by Michael Paul Gonzalez
  • “The Prince of Darkness and the Showgirl” by John Palisano
  • “The Secret Engravings” by Lisa Morton
  • “Mutter” by Jess Landry
  • “La Llorona” by Cullen Bunn
  • “The London Encounter” by Vince Liaguno
  • “Bubba Ho-Tep” by Joe R. Lansdale
  • “Gorilla my Dreams” by Jonathan Maberry
  • “Articles of Teleforce” by Michael Bailey
  • “Sic Olim Tyrannis” by David Wellington
  • “The Washingtonians” by Bentley Little
  • “Scent of Flesh” by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
  • “Rotoscoping Toodies” by Mort Castle
  • “Lone Wolves” by Paul Moore
  • “The Great Stone Face vs. the Gargoyles” by Jeff Strand
  • “The Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman

 

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Experience ‘Hell Fest’ in the UK This November

One film I just cannot wait to see is Gregory Plotkin’s (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) Hell Fest, it looks set to be a ton of fun and who doesn’t love Tony Todd? So, for those of you in the UK, we can reveal that Vertigo Releasing will be unleashing the film into cinemas this November […]

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ICE NINE KILLS’ Spencer Charnas Interviews HELL FEST Cast/Crew

With Blumhouse’s Halloween hitting theaters tomorrow, I think it’s safe to say that the slasher genre is making one helluva a comeback. Although Michael Myers’ return certainly helps revitalize the genre, let’s not ignore the impact of Hell Fest, the amusement park-set horror film from Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Happy Death Day). The film follows a group of friends who go to a local amusement park during Halloween season on the same night as a crazed killer who uses the aesthetics to hide his grisly deeds.

If you remember, a couple of months ago, Six Flags announced that they were going to have Hell Fest-themed attractions hit select locations. We convinced the powers that be to allow our pal Spencer Charnas, vocalist of Ice Nine Kills, to attend a red carpet event where he went through a themed maze as well as spoke with the cast and crew of the film, much like what he got to do over at Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights! You can see the maze walkthrough above and his interviews below.

Hell Fest was directed by Gregory Plotkin and produced by Gale Anne Hurd. It stars Bex Taylor-Klaus, Amy Forsyth, and Reign Edwards.

Ice Nine Kills‘ new album The Silver Scream, which is based on 13 horror movie classics, is out now via Fearless Records. You can get the album right here.

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The Final Wish – USA, 2018

The Final Wish is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (Gnome Alone; 7 Faces of Jack the Ripper) from a screenplay by Jonathan Doyle, William Halfon and Jeffrey Reddick (Dead Awake; Final Destination), based on the latter’s storyline. The movie stars Lin ShayeMichael WelchMelissa Bolona and Tony Todd.

Aaron (Michael Welch) is a struggling young lawyer who return home following the death of his father, to help his devastated mother and confront his past demons.

Sifting through his late father’s belongings, Aaron stumbles upon an urn that is far more than it seems. As his desires and wishes start coming true, he thinks his prayers have been answered until he learns the sinister price that comes with the final wish…

Cast and characters:

  • Lin Shaye … Kate Hammond
  • Michael Welch … Aaron Hammond – Z Nation TV series; A Haunting in Cawdor; The Demented; Hansel and Gretel Get Baked; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1; et al
  • Melissa Bolona … Lisa – Murder at the Mansion; MaraMalicious; The Super; The Neighbour; Shark Lake
  • Spencer Locke … Lynette – Insidious: The Last KeyLandmine Goes Click; The Vampire Diaries TV Series; Resident Evil: Afterlife and ExtinctionMonster House
  • Tony Todd … Colin
  • Kaiwi Lyman … Derek
  • Brown Jonathan Daniel Brown … Jeremy
  • Jean Elie … Tyrone
  • Christopher Murray Christopher Murray … Yates
  • Douglas Tait … Jinn
  • Larry Poole … Chester Hammond
  • Garrett Edell … Luke
  • Michelle Burke … Mrs. Mckee
  • Timothy Oman … Williams
  • Dey Young … Alice
  • Gordon Woloson … Clown
  • Mohamed Mohsen … Dr. Bashir
  • Diane Markoff … Librarian
  • Jeffrey Reddick … Landlord
  • Zebulun Huling … Orderly
  • Barbara de Normandie … Everly
  • Sammy Durrani … Nurse Jackson
  • Paul Vandervort … Austin
  • Randi Lamey … Waitress
  • Brent Duffey … Dax

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Don’t miss your one-way ticket to attend ‘HELL FEST’

Hell Fest is Absolutely Stabtacular If there is one thing next to Trick-or-Treating that everyone can enjoy during the fall season, it is a visit to a local haunted house,…

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